The Scriptures, also known as the Bible, are inspired by God (2Tim.3:16). It contains God’s revelation to man. Although man was the one to record it, it was only under the divine inspiration and supervision that it was composed (2Pet.1:20-21). As we internalize it into our minds, the Spirit of God uses it to guide and guard our hearts (Josh.1:8; Ps.119:11, 105; Heb.4:12). Being God’s Word it is also perfect (Ps.19:7) and inerrant (Prov.30:5). As such it is able to equip man to follow God’s ways (2Tim.3:17). The Bible is entirely trustworthy as our guide for truth, faith, and life.
The Trinity – There is only one God (Dt.6:4), and yet He exists as three Persons namely God the Father, God the Son, and God the Spirit (Gen.1:1-2; 26-27; Mt.28:19-20; Jn.1:1-3; Col.1:16). Although They exist within a unique relationship of order and purpose, They are also coequal and coeternal, meaning that They are equally divine (Jn.10:30, 14:9) and have remained as three Persons for all eternity. A more concise definition would be that we believe that within the One Being that is God, there exists Eternally – three Coequal and Coeternal Persons, namely: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
God the Father – God is holy (Lev.11:44-45; 1Pet.1:16), unchanging (Ps.90:2; Jas.1:17b) and unique (Jer.10:6). God’s nature is also one of love (1Jn.4:8, 16) and faithfulness (La.3:23; 2Tim.2:13). Being all-powerful and all knowing, God controls the course of human history as it unfolds for His Kingdom purposes.
God the Son – Christ is the divine Son of God. By an act of love He chose to humble Himself in human form to serve as the sacrifice for all of humanity’s sins (Rom.5:8; Phil.2:6-8). This incarnation was a work of the Holy Spirit through a virgin birth (Mt.1:18, 20). Christ is also our High Priest (Heb.4:14) and Mediator (Heb.8:6). Being such, He is the only way to receive forgiveness of sins and eternal life (Jn.14:6). His life is our ultimate example for living as true children of God.
God the Spirit – The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God. He exalts Christ (Jn.16:14), convicts of us of sin, righteousness and judgment (Jn.16:8). He also enlightens and empowers the believer and the church in Wisdom, Worship, and in Witnessing (Jn.4:24, 14:26; Acts 1:8).
Humans were created by a special act of God’s love. God made both male and female in His own image as the crowning work of all of creation (Gen.1:27). Yet, by free choice, man sinned against God and brought sin into the human race (1Cor.15:22). Human life is not only sacred in that we are created in the image of God Man, but it is also evident in the fact that Christ would die for us (Jn.3:16).
Salvation involves the transformation of the whole person where one is made into a new person (2Cor.5:17). It is something that is freely offered to all who accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior (Rom.6:23; Eph.2:8). By doing so, a person forever more becomes a Child of God and is joined in unity with Christ (2Cor.1:21-22; Eph.1:13-14, 2:19-22). In its broadest sense, salvation includes: justification, sanctification, and glorification (Phil.1:6).
The church is a gathering of people (not a building) called by grace. This gathering meets together in small and large group settings to worship God and to edify, and equip one another to do the work of ministry in love. It is the Body (1Cor.12:12-14) and Bride of Christ (Rev.21:9), which He paid for with His own life (Eph.5:25b).
The church has two unique Ordinations or Celebrations. These are the Lord’s Supper or Communion, and Believer’s Baptism.
Lord’s Supper – The Lord’s Supper (communion) is a symbolic act to commemorate and celebrate what Christ did for us on the cross (Lk.22:19). In doing so, we also look forward to His second coming (1Cor.11:26).
Believer’s Baptism – Baptism is also a symbolic act, where one is immersed in water as testimony of receiving Christ’s forgiveness and newness of life (Acts 8:12-13; Rom.6:3).
General Statement on Beliefs
“In Essentials, Unity; in Non-Essentials, Liberty; and in All Things, Love”.